Drugs now claim more lives than gun deaths in the US, a crisis that shows no signs of abating as it rips families apart. While the opioid epidemic has received much coverage in the U.S., Fault Lines set out to report a film that was uniquely intimate in its portrayal of the invisible victims at the center of this crisis, the children whose parents’ drug addictions have, in many ways, come to define their own lives.
Sheriffs and their deputies account for one-quarter of all sworn U.S. law enforcement officers. Elected in often highly partisan elections, sheriffs know very few limits on their power and can only be removed when the public votes against them. Fault Lines travelled to two very different places, Bristol County, Massachusetts, and New Iberia, Louisiana, to investigate what can happen when the power of a sheriff goes unchecked.